Steve Austin's Farewell Match and the Name That Will Surprise You

James YaegerContributor IFebruary 2, 2009

As I did my daily, or in some cases hourly, search for World Wide Wrestling news, I came across something that caught my eye. It was not really the headline that caught my eye. It was the content. 

I came across an article written today at TWNP-Wrestling, which is a website that I usually trust when it comes to wrestling news. There are very few sites I trust, the top two being TWNP and Wrestling-Edge.

The headline was "Speculated WrestleMania 25 Matches," and I clicked on it, not expecting much, and got the usual few matches: Hardy versus Hardy, Edge versus Triple H, Undertaker versus HBK, John Cena versus Chris Jericho.

Wait, what was that last one? It must be a typo. After all, Randy Orton did win the Royal Rumble. Plus, Chris Jericho is supposed to be involved with Mickey Rourke (up until this past weekend, anyway). 

Assuming this was a typo, I read on. Then something really caught my eye. 

Listed down below, last on the list was the big surprise. Apparently, the TWNP backstage guy has said there has been a lot of talk about one of the biggest faces ever to wrestle going against one of the biggest rising stars in the company right now in a farewell match. 

That is right. WWE may be preparing to throw another curveball. The match listed, of course, was Randy Orton versus "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

But that can't be right. Randy Orton has contracts and lawyers. Then I got thinking about the line I heard on the RAW Rebound from the boss' daughter, Stefanie McMahon: "We're not going to fire you, in fact, we have much bigger plans for you."

So then I got to thinking, that line could have so many meanings. We have bigger plans for you going into WrestleMania 25, or bigger plans for you at WrestleMania 25. 

You see, the subtlety of that segment was so great. I am assuming that many people thought by "bigger plans," Stephanie simply meant the return of Shane McMahon. But the branches out from this room could be huge. 

Orton may put his main event contract on the line sometime in the near future. Maybe Jericho will claim he never got a rematch. The outlets are endless. 

So the bug question is: Is the RAW Road to WrestleMania set in stone, or does Vince McMahon have one last curveball to throw going into one of the biggest shows yet? 

Also, on a side note, I would like to send out my condolences to Percy Pringle, also known as Paul Bearer, who recently lost his wife.